It’s challenging to consider that in Oct 2018, we begun widening I-5 for new HOV lanes and rebuilding the Berkeley Street and Thorne Lane interchanges in Lakewood. Quick forward 2½ years and a pandemic afterwards, we are in the vicinity of the complete line.

Before and right after photographs of I-5 at Berkeley Street (top) and at Thorne Lane (base)

Living via massive construction jobs like this takes tolerance. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. We have experienced to endure some prolonged ramp closures, pace limit reductions, and a several snowstorms though increasing the interstate 14-toes, demolishing previous overpasses and creating new kinds. When we’re not rather performed still with the work zones, we do want to thank residents, firms, and tourists for their patience. at?v=209CfvREy88

To recap a number of of the advancements manufactured so significantly:

  • New overpasses at Thorne Lane and Berkeley Avenue eliminated opportunity conflicts concerning high-velocity trains and vehicles, and all those who wander or experience. The new overpasses also produced place for an added HOV lane in each and every route of I-5.
  • Boosting I-5 at Berkeley Road 14-toes to remove an ongoing upkeep expense. When I-5 was originally designed in the 1950s, the freeway at Berkeley Road sat below the h2o-desk. Custom water pumps ended up set up to manage this difficulty, and as the pumps aged, servicing grew to become high priced.  
  • Resurfacing both of those instructions of I-5 and all ramps delivers a smoother journey, extends the lifetime of the highway and lowers the require for high-priced crisis routine maintenance repairs and surprising closures.

HOV Lanes
The largest advancement is a thing tourists can’t use – just nonetheless. Adding a new HOV lane in each and every path of I-5 is a monstrous accomplishment. We cannot just go out and toss in a new lane. It necessitates coordination and partnerships with surrounding communities.

The added large shoulder you see on the remaining aspect of the freeway will be the place the HOV lane opens later on this summer time. Initially, crews are finishing last paving and striping. Drivers will proceed to see multiple lanes and ramps shut at night for this operate

The indicator constructions that mark the HOV lanes are anticipated to be mounted in August. After the signage is in spot and remaining striping is complete, we will open up the HOV lanes.

Whilst the momentary speed limit reduction is no more time in area, motorists require to recall that fines are doubled in operate zones. View your pace and don’t look at your cell phone. Give crews a brake.

I-5 barrier and drainage operate
Crews have momentary operate zones in area on southbound I-5 in the vicinity of the aged Berkeley Avenue exit and between Gravelly Lake Generate and Thorne Lane to complete barrier and put in drainage. We hope to have this function completed in late August.

Thorne Lane and Union Avenue roundabout
The new roundabout connection at Union Avenue and the leading of the Thorne Lane overpass need to finish and open in late July. Crews are continue to paving, constructing sidewalks and incorporating curbs. Whilst it’s starting off to seem more like a completed road, we request people today to please stay out of the get the job done zone. The highway closure symptoms are even now in put to continue to keep both equally travelers and crews safe and sound.

Utility perform near Murray Road
Crews continue to complete connecting h2o and sewer traces in close proximity to the Thorne Lane and Murray Road roundabout. Drivers in the area will see occasional lane closures all through the summer time as function wraps up.

Landscaping for pollinators
For two springs, we’ve witnessed a gorgeous array of wildflowers blooming along the corridor, which has truly brightened the Pacific Northwest gray days. The bouquets are aspect of a pollinator seed combine that we needed as portion of the landscaping on the undertaking. The vegetation have unique bloom times, so the glance of the bouquets will modify all through the 12 months. Crews will complete putting in final landscaping on the job afterwards this fall.

But wait…there’s far more
We begun brainstorming ways to deliver congestion relief to this very important corridor in 2010. Funding for this undertaking was accepted by the condition legislature in 2015. And now, six several years later, we are wrapping up stage 2 of the overall job.

Section 3 building of this all round task will get position at the I-5/Steilacoom-DuPont Street interchange in DuPont. Citizens, businesses, and vacationers can foresee construction to start off in 2023.

Security very first
We inquire that motorists carry on to stay away from driving distracted as a result of work zones and shell out attention to street shut symptoms and orange cones. We will continue to share the weekly right away lane and ramp closures that accompany this get the job done on our Vacation Planner website webpage.